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Summary

How much can you trust your friends?

The text message is just three words: I need you.

Isa Leigh drops everything, packs up her baby daughter and heads straight to Salten, where she and her three best friends attended prestigious boarding school Salten House. Only Kate still lives in the area, at the crumbling Tide Mill she inherited when her disgraced art tutor father vanished when she was just 17.

Each of the women is running from something, from an act that has haunted them for many years but which they have tried their best to bury: in work, in alcohol, in family, faith and routine. At school together, the girls used to play a game - the lying game - in which they competed to tell the most outrageous stories to fool tourists. But for some, did the boundaries between fact and fantasy become too blurred? And how much can you trust one another?

©2017 Ruth Ware (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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Good mystery, hate the protagonist.

The narrator is fine overall but beware some of her dodgy accents. She can be a bit wet.

Speaking of wet, the protagonist of this story is saltier and wetter than the marshes of her girlish youth.

I liked the story (although there is lots of repetition) and most of the characters (shout out to Fatima). However the writing is full of screed and goes on and on about nothing much in particular (long detailed paragraphs of banal instances that add nothing to the story) and is full of repetition. Could be edited down to a killer short story. Some of the twists and turns are quite interesting and i listened all the way through to the end to hear the payoff and was greeted to a wet fart of an ending. The writing style is full of repetition.

I thought the protagonist of this story was an awful selfish berk and I kept hoping and hoping she would have some personal growth moment but she doesn't and it is horribly frustrating. "I wanted to say this certain thing, but i couldn't" (repeat ad nauseam).

In the end my partner and I had a jolly good time listening and mocking the story, characters, and narrator, despite the repetition.

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Yawn

not a bad story but so needlessly long winded.I loved her other 2 books which is why i bought this one.I loved the narrator though .

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Takes a long time to get going

Overall enjoyed the book, could have been shorter, an awful lot of backstory and it doesn't really get going until the last hour or so. Liked the character developments throughout though.

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Oh dear..

I absolutely loved Ruth Ware's first two books and was excited to read this one. Oh how I was disappointed. It was as if it had been written by another person. Dismal, drawn out, over described banality to the point of painfulness. I listened to 6 and a half hours before anything remotely exciting happened! I almost came up on a hundred occasions but kept going because I loved the previous books so much. I truly wished I hadn't bothered. Dull. Unbelievable. Predictable. Boring. The only reason I have given this book two stars is because of Imogen Church's amazing narration. She is wonderful. Shame the story wasn't.

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a page turner

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes i would, its an easy read but with a good story

What does Imogen Church bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

she is a great narrator and every character she does is recreated very well throughout.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

no

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Disappointing

This is the story of four schoolfriends, now grown up, who come together when 3 of them receive a text from the other asking them to come immediately to Salten, the place where they all went to school.

There is a feeling of doom right from the start of the book which is well written and I enjoyed the atmospheric setting and the plot was interesting, though I felt it was too slow paced and a little too long, and is my least favourite Ruth Ware book.

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Great novel. Terrible narrator.

This narrator is TERRIBLE.

Her impression of Fatima is borderline racist. Why does she make Fatima seem so slow?! Almost like she’s just had a stroke.

I’ve listened to this narrator before. And I won’t again. She’s terrible. Just can’t get over the fact she makes Fatima seem like a re*****

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A good listen

A good well written book with a couple of nice twists, some obvious clues which made me guess a couple of them but doesn't spoil the book. Resolves well by the end.
Narrator is excellent, clear speech and good accents which make it clear who is speaking.

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Enjoy Ruth Ware’s storytelling, good twist at the end

Enjoy Ruth Ware’s storytelling, good twist at the end that I wasn’t expecting which was great and I love Imogen Church’s reading.
Looking forward to the next Ruth Ware book

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Unnecessarily long

The storyline was interesting but could have been shorter. Unnecessary repition by the writer.

I however long the narrator, switch between characters was great.

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  • 05-10-18

Not worth the credit!

Dreadfully incoherent! They need to invent a new category of fiction for this book. I really tried to like it

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  • Rose K
  • 12-06-20

Read one of Ruth Ware’s other books instead

Slower and less compelling than In A Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10. Basis of story was interesting, but could have been made more suspenseful and rich.

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  • barbara
  • 20-04-18

The Lying Game

Thoroughly enjoyed this book, from beginning to end, and the naration was excellent. Really makes you think.